2023 NaPoWriMo #6 (Teddyberen)

April is here again and that means its National Poetry Writing Month and for my second year I’ll be joining the 30 poems in 30 days challenge hosted by napowrimo.net. For this challenge, a poetry prompt will be provided daily during the month of April and if I can keep on track I’ll achieve the 30 poems in 30 days goal. So enough chatter…let’s go! It’s time for NaPoWriMo!

Write a poem inspired by a poem in a language you don’t know based on the sound and shape of the words and the degree to which they remind you of words in your own language.


Here is the source poem I used for inspiration as per the prompts guidelines. The original language is Dutch and I did not look at the English translation.

In the Golden Glow of the Night Light

In the golden glow of the night light,
Next to the shelf filled with picture books,
And the pile of clothes refused to be put away,
On the desktop along with crayons and colored pencils,
And a half finished glass of water,
A teddy bear snores softly.

So I picked up “teddyberen” as a near word to English’s teddy bear which gave me a child-like feeling which set the scene. The bounce and rhythm of the words made me feel magical…so therefor the teddy bear is alive (and snores). What do you think of the poem? and the process? I enjoyed being inspired by the sound and rhythm of a language I don’t know.

Be well,


1 Comment

  1. murisopsis says:

    I like this one!!

    Liked by 1 person

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